Mozambique receives far fewer visitors than some of its neighbors and is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. The country offers a magic blend of adventure and relaxation, with idyllic islands to explore and vast swathes of protected reserves. Mozambique’s location on the southeast coast of the African subcontinent once made it an important trading center, and the remains of trading ports and company headquarters can still be found along the coast today.

Various African, Arab and European influences have created an eclectic mix of architecture and an interesting culture – perhaps best witnessed on Ilha de Mozambique, now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Venture to the Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagos and you will discover unspoilt, peaceful islands with small, intimate hotels perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle.

The sea here offers some of the richest coral reefs on the continent and contains abundant marine life, including humpback whale, marlin, dolphin, manta ray, five turtle species and one of world’s few viable populations of the endangered dugong, as well as tropical fish which can be easily spotted, should you choose to snorkel or dive.

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